United on track to earn £500 million in one year
LONDON• • Manchester United are in line to become the first British football club to earn at least half a billion pounds in revenue in a single year, even if participation in the lucrative Champions League next season still hangs in the balance.
United announced yesterday that revenue for 2016 fiscal third quarter and nine months ended March 31 had risen to £123.4 million (S$244 million), up 29.9 per cent, and it expects to earn between £500-£510 million of revenue this year.
Rayo deny match-fixing amid La Liga probe
MADRID • Players of La Liga strugglers Rayo Vallecano have vehemently denied any wrongdoing amid an investigation from the Spanish football league into suspicious betting patterns before their 2-1 defeat by Real Sociedad last weekend.
Rayo need to win against Levante tomorrow and hope other results go their way to avoid relegation.
Merritt reveals second kidney operation
SHANGHAI • Olympic hurdles champion Aries Merritt has revealed that he needed a second operation for kidney trouble and said he was "months" behind in his preparations for the Rio Games.
The 30-year-old American underwent a kidney transplant in September but he said he then needed a second procedure after complications developed.
Ariya aims for Rio gold after 1st LPGA victory
BANGKOK • Ariya Jutanugarn has set her sights on the Rio Olympics, after she become the first Thai golfer to win at the LPGA Tour victory last weekend, sealing her win with a gutsy par putt on the final hole.
"The Olympic gold is one of my goals this year," Ariya said yesterday.
"I will try my best to bring home the medal, despite the fact that the course does not suit my game."
A brand new lay-out built on a nature reserve to the west of Rio de Janeiro is the venue for the Aug 17-20 tournament.
Police hunt 4 men over United bus attack
LONDON • Four men are being sought by police investigating the attack on the Manchester United team bus before a Premier League football game on Tuesday.
The Metropolitan police have released pictures of the men they would like to speak to in connection with the disorder, which left four policemen injured.